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Interesting places in Fort Dade / Egmont Key:
Battery McIntosh   Battery Howard
Battery Mellon   Egmont Key Lighthouse


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Egmont Light - 1

Egmont Light - 1
Made by Michael Pancier Photography
Two images of the Egmont Lighthouse on Egmont Island about a mile offshore from Fort de Soto. Taken during cloudy and overcast conditions. Added some Topaz to bring some life to these images. ------- Egmont Key - An island located in the mouth of Tampa Bay, between Egmont Channel to the North, and Southwest Channel to the South. This was the site of Fort Dade, named in honor of Major Francis L. Dade, U.S. Army, massacred by Seminole Indians, December 28, 1835. Egmont Key and the Fort Dade site were added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Egmont Key and its southern neighbor Passage Key are part of Egmont Key State Park and Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge. Portions of the island are operated by conjoining and overlapping jurisdictions, including the Florida DEP, National Wildlife Service, Tampa Bay Pilots, US Coast Guard, and Egmont Key Alliance. Vessels are not required to pay a fee, and on-board overnighting is excellent. However large organized groups are recommended to contact the Egmont Key Alliance. A few private homes, including those of the Pilots, and environmental researchers are located on the east-central portion of the island, and trespassing is prohibited in certain areas. Anchoring is recommended anywhere but the southern end, which is designed a bird sanctuary. Docking is limited to government vessels. Anchoring and Navigation tips: On the Gulf side, anchoring is somewhat protected by a stretch of shallows extending west. The current cuts a swash channel for your entrance on the northwest tip - between the island and the southern shoal of the shipping channel - to bring you down the western side in fairly deep water. Caution is recommended at the northwestern and southwestern tips where submerged boulders and remainders of the fort remain, but these can be easily spotted giving the usual clear visibility of these waters. Egmont Key is not considered a barrier island because it is not subject to the longshore current and barrier island migration. The island has grown wider and narrower, but has kept its general location, simply meandering around in a circular pattern for thousands of years, in some form. This is due to its location in the mouth of Tampa Bay. The current always runs counter-clockwise around the island, giving it the characteristic tail depicted in the aerial view. The eastern side has few hazards. A 94 ft. naturally-cut drop-off exists at the northern tip near the lighthouse providing for great fishing. Sharks are frequently reported off the northern tip, especially during tarpon fishing season. But for those wary, relaxing swimming and snorkeling can be found along the western beach. Stingrays are common. The island has no lifeguards or restrooms. Egmont Key has an extensive Spanish-American and Civil War history. It is home to an automated functioning lighthouse (normally locked, but accessible by contacting the park ranger), a new visitor center created from a renovated structure, and of course the remains of Fort Dade (sister to Ft. DeSoto on neighboring Mullet Key). The largely unmanicured vegetation provides for excellent black and white photography. Visitors are left mystified by the network of brick roads throughout the island, which once boasted a military base, complete with shopping and bowling alley.

Egmont Island - 01

Egmont Island - 01
Made by Michael Pancier Photography
This is an infrared image of Egmont Island, about a mile offshore from Fort de Soto in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was a cloudy day with no contrast, which usually means lousy IR images. I loved these compositions, but have been disapointed with the results. I decided to try using the Topaz Adjust 4 on these images, and they suddenly came back to life. These Florida coastal landscapes are what I dream of. Simple pristine beaches and palms. Thank God we still have some of these places left in our state to enjoy that are devoid of hotels, resorts, cars, jet skis, etc. Have a great hump day.

Egmont Key Lighthouse, Florida

Egmont Key Lighthouse, Florida
Made by lighthouser
#16. The upper portion and fresnel lens were replaced in 1944 by a rotating beacon, which is why it doesn't look like a typical lighthouse. One of my favorite places because of my history of sailing and anchoring there. (Scan from a 1998 photo) For more photos and information on this lighthouse, see its Set page

Laughing Gull Couple -- Mating Ritual? -- (4-Shot Series)

Laughing Gull Couple -- Mating Ritual? -- (4-Shot Series)
Made by canikon1998
Egmont Key State Park Island -- Tampa Bay Hillsborough County This Laughing Gull couple started my day off with a chuckle. While they strolled down the beach side by side, he had a fish hanging out of his mouth and she just walked patiently beside him. All along, she never even attempted to take the fish from him. Patti :) P.S. He eventually did gulp down the whole fish all at once. I guess I was witnessing the Laughing Gull mating ritual!

Path to the lighthouse

Path to the lighthouse
Made by gregbosque
Shot taken of the lighthouse on Egmont Key island off the coast of Tampa Florida. This is the view from the west side of the island looking back towards the east side. For all the shots taken on Egmont Key island I used a Hoyo Circular Polarizer filter mounted to the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 pancake lens. I was pleasantly surprised by how they turned out, it helps to add that extra pop to the bright sky and sun drenched trees and beach.

Girls on Egmont Key

Girls on Egmont Key
Made by catsav
On Saturday, we took the ferry from Fort De Soto to Egmont Key. Hot, sunny, beach full of shells, promise of elusive tortoises. SPF 50 kept our fishbelly-white Chicago skin from frying like bacon. It was a very good day. (I think the topless trees are from hurricane damage, but I don't really know. They were kind of neat, though.)

Egmont Key

Egmont Key
Made by Ken Mobile
Park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858.

Pelican Rescue 1

Pelican Rescue 1
Made by Rochelle1755
1st Mate Bob - attempting to restrain the fearful pelican to free him from the fishing line that has wrapped around his wing and leg, leaving him unable to fly. The guys are watched over during the entire process by the companion pelican above.

Nick and Sarah

Nick and Sarah
Made by Mary T.
On Egmont Island, Florida. On our vacation. We took a boat to this island. It is the sight of an old Spanish Fort. They left us there for 4 hours, then came back and got us. There is also a wild bird preserve on the island.

Egmont Key Lighthouse

Egmont Key Lighthouse
Made by 09Jeepgirl forever a Backstreet Boys fan!!
We took a ferry from Fort Desoto State Park to Egmont Key. It was abandoned in 1925 after most of the buildings burned down. The lighthouse, Fort Dade, and the streets and sidewalks are pretty much all that's left.

Battery Mellon, Egmont Key

Battery Mellon, Egmont Key
Made by steve_delong100
Leftover from the Spanish-American War, these fortifications are among 3 major installations remaining on the island. The rest have been lost to beach erosion. Reinforced concrete and shell construction.

Fort Dade Plotting Towers

Fort Dade Plotting Towers
Made by dschuneman
Taken with a Fuji S2 and an 18-55 Nikkor. These used to be enclosed by a wooden structure that housed the surveying equipment used to plot coordinates of targets to be radioed to the batteries.

Egmont Key Ruins

Egmont Key Ruins
Made by dschuneman
Taken with a Fuji S2 and an 85mm. Nikkor. This is part of a fort structure that used to be on land, but the Gulf has encroached and it is off shore now. It is a popular location for snorkeling.

Gulf Battery, Egmont Key

Gulf Battery, Egmont Key
Made by steve_delong100
Cistern of ruined Gun Battery on Gulf of Mexico side of Egmont Key. Now in use as a toilet for seagulls. Beach erosion is rapidly destroying the remains of this Spanish-American War era fort.

Abandoned Brick Street, Egmont Key

Abandoned Brick Street, Egmont Key
Made by steve_delong100
A portion of the surface streets remain on Egmont Key. Most of the structures on the island have been lost to storms, neglect, and fire, But these carefully laid brick streets remain.

egmont key

egmont key
Made by RIPizzo
Egmont Key is an Island off of Fort Desoto. You can take boats out there. It is also very beautiful and historical. Taken from Fort Desoto Beach in Terra Verde, Florida U~S~A

Gun Battery Mellon Power Station, Egmont Key

Gun Battery Mellon Power Station, Egmont Key
Made by steve_delong100
Leftover from the Spanish-American War, these fortifications are among 3 major installations remaining on the island. The rest have been lost to beach erosion.

Gulf Battery, Egmont Key

Gulf Battery, Egmont Key
Made by steve_delong100
Cistern of ruined Gun Battery on Gulf of Mexico side of Egmont Key. Beach erosion is rapidly destroying the remains of this Spanish-American War era fort.

Howard Battery Ruins-Fort Dade

Howard Battery Ruins-Fort Dade
Made by dschuneman
Taken with a Fuji S2 and an 18-55 Nikkor. The round platform is where the 6 in. gun was mounted. These are the ruins of Fort Dade on Egmont Key in Florida.

Fort Dade Window

Fort Dade Window
Made by dschuneman
Shot with a Fuji S2 and an 18-55 Nikkor. This was converted to greyscale in Adobe Raw Converter. This is at the Howard Battery at Fort Dade on Egmont Key.



Nearest places of interest:

Battery Burchsted
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Southwest Channel
Passage Key Inlet
  Egmont Channel
Battery Bigelow
Battery McIntosh
Egmont Key Lighthouse

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